HTC Announces Butterfly S With 5-Inch 1080p Display, UltraPixel Camera


HTC’s first smartphone with a 1080p display, the Butterfly, just got a new successor. The Butterfly S boasts some significant improvements over the original, such as the introduction of the HTC One’s 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, and the latest Snapdragon 600 processor.

In fact, the Butterfly S shares a lot in common with the One, but the glaring omission with this device is its lack of BoomSound, HTC’s dual front-facing speakers. It does have a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage.

The Butterfly S beats the One when it comes to expandability, however, with a microSD card slot that will accept up to 64GB of extra storage. It also ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and HTC’s latest Sense 5 user interface, plus all the nifty features that comes with it, like BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe, and HTC Share.

The new Butterfly S looks a lot like its predecessor, but it is thicker, measuring 10.6mm. That’s likely due to its larger 3,200mAh battery, which should keep it going for longer in between charges.

The Butterfly S is expected to make its debut in Taiwan this July, priced at around NT$22,900 ($766). It’s unclear at this point what HTC’s plans are for a wider rollout.

HTC had promised to stop releasing numerous flagship devices each year, and just focus on one unit. But with the One and the Butterfly S already, that plan has clearly gone out of the window.